Start dates per year

1 week


400 - 600



Student nationalities


Continue in Seneca programs

1 - 4

Seneca credits while in the ELI


Seneca programs for ELI graduates

English Language Institute

The English Language Institute (ELI) offers a premium English as Second language (ESL) program for international students. Improve your English and get ready for your academic studies and future career.

The ELI is recognized for its expert faculty, quality programming and flexible study options. As an ELI student, you are also a Seneca student and have the opportunity to integrate into the Seneca community right away. You will have access to Seneca’s state-of-the-art campuses and extensive supports and services such as libraries, computing centres, counselling, tutoring, career services, gyms and fitness centres, residences and more.

ELI for students at Seneca International Academy (SIA)

SIA students who require English training can start in the ELI before their SIA program.

Upon successful completion of Level 8, students will commence their professional program at SIA.

Learn more about SIA.

Seneca International Academy, Toronto, Canada



Giti Saber

My first online experience at ELI was very different than what I was expecting in a positive way. It was fun to learn using modern technology. It was nice to see our teacher during classes and it made it possible to communicate in a semi-formal way. Tutorial classes were helpful because teachers could help students individually. ELI arranged activities and meetings which provided us with information about immigration, student visas and health care. They also entertained us with fun games and tours through downtown Toronto, the aquarium and the zoo. To sum up, online ELI studies were a useful experience and I highly recommend it.

— Giti Saber, ELI student

Tieu Oanh Phung

The thing I liked the most about studying in the ELI were the professors. Their instructions were very useful to me in improving my English and will help me achieve my goals. In addition, taking online classes during the pandemic helps me to improve my tech skills and avoid the spread of COVID-19. I also appreciate the ELI staff because they always help and guide me when I have concerns. 

— Tieu Oanh Phung (Christine), ELI student